How to Train A Train

How to Train A Train

Picture Book - 2013
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A whimsical guide to training a "pet train" instructs young enthusiasts about important issues including where trains live, what they like to eat, and how to get them to perform the best train tricks.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763663070
Branch Call Number: E EAT
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Rocco, John - Illustrator


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Dec 16, 2014

I like this book for its fun and new way of looking at an old concept--trains. In this story, a boy tells you all the ways you should pick out a pet train, how to take care of it, and how to train it. He gives advice on naming the train, bathing it, telling it stories at night, and playing with it.

Treating a train as a pet is unusual and creative. The illustrations are rich, colorful and absolutely gorgeous.

This book is advertized for ages 4-8. However, the concepts and humor in this book are at times more mature. I think it is best suited for grades K-3.

The author gives a warning in the back of the book that the stunts performed in the book should never be attempted and are extremely dangerous. I would have liked to have seen this on the first page of the book. I was also slightly disturbed by the catching of the train by standing on the tracks, netting it, or trapping it in quicksand. Would we get a pet animal this way? This portion of the book is one of the major reasons why this book would be better suited for older children who understand the concept of pretend.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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May 04, 2014

I plan to buy this one, a rarity for train books, which dominate our reading time these days. It's clever and it has heart.

ChristchurchKids Dec 26, 2013

"So you want a pet train? Well, of course you do!" Even kids who aren't railroad enthusiasts will get on board with this whimsical guide to train ownership. The first step is to tempt the right train to come home with you (smoke signals and offerings of coal are your best bet), followed by giving your new pet a name (does your train look like a Milo, or more of a Captain Foofamaloo?) before teaching your train tricks and taking it on play dates. Polished, cheerfully expressive artwork featuring a diverse cast of humans and locomotives rounds out this tongue-in-cheek tale.
Picture books newsletter December 2013.

Dec 09, 2013

Fantastic picture book. I love the detailed illustrations, and the whimsical story line that elevates trains to a household companion. This is one I purchased for our home library. Ten stars!


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Feb 19, 2021

meghalav thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 7

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yellow_lion_386 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 7


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